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Introducing Santa Alicia: Chilean Winery of the Year 2007

One of the jewels in our range, Santa Alicia has become a firm favourite with our loyal customers since we opened our doors in November of last year. And believe me, we couldn’t hide our excitement after learning we’d be stocking wine from Chilean Winery of the Year for 2007, as awarded by the International …

Curious Wines kicks off Ocean to City race

Our congratulations to Karen Wilkins, from Llanion rowing club in Wales, who won a fine mixed case of wine from ourselves. Mike joined Siubhan McDevitt from Oceantocity in Meitheal Mara to draw out the lucky entrant. Karen will have something to help take away the pain of the race. The Ocean to City race takes …

Recession Busters a hit with the critics

It was a little bit of a gamble going with the theme of Recession Busters for our third public wine tasting a couple of weeks ago in the Ambassador Hotel in Cork. Between economic armageddon, sick pigs and turmoil in the Catholic Church in Ireland, there’s a view that people should be cheering up and …

New Zealand Wine Tasting – Friday 5th June 2009

The Kiwis have a way with wine, that’s for sure. From fresh, grassy, near-tropical Sauvignon Blancs to Pinot Noir packed with fruit, this little island nation of All Blacks fame is a wine-making powerhouse. We’re delighted to welcome back Joyce Austin of New Zealand Boutique Wines, all the way from Auckland, to host a seated …

A drink to the recession

Last Thursday (7th May) we held our recession busting wine tasting at the Ambassador Hotel in Cork. Thirty-five Curious guests turned up to see what we were doing about the recession, so we featured 13 wines between €7.99 and €19.99 to show that exceptional wine can be sought at exceptional prices, particulary below that all …

May & June Curious Picks

Those on the ball at the start of March would’ve seen the first line-up of Curious Picks, in addition to our regular special offers run across countries or individual ranges. The Picks are my personal selection of six wines every two months, chosen for their high price-to-quality ratio at their normal price, and reduced in …

Are you having a Giraffe…?

As you may already know from our recent Wine for Dummies post, South African wines are increasingly winning high praise and recognition for their quality on the international stage, and being in the business myself, it’s obvious that Irish consumers are well aware of what this fascinating country has to offer. Long Neck produces the …

No bulls or pigs, but a few giraffes: May & June Specials

As economic doom continues to dominate every newsroom and staff canteen in the country – the only respite it seems being bulls in supermarkets and pig influenza – we’ve selected a few of our already top value wines to fight the gloom in our May and June special offers. First up is Chile, surely top …

Curious Wines joins Facebook

Since starting Curious Wines, we’ve had so much fun being a part of the ‘blogosphere’. The Wine Blog has received tremendous feedback from all corners of the blogging community, even from those who would admit that wine wasn’t their gig! Twitter has also been a blast, giving us plenty of laughs and allowing us to …

An Italian for Chablis fanatics

I’m always on the look out for good Chablis. It was at Ramore restaurant in Portrush that I first tried a Chablis. Those university days were tight enough for cash, but my girlfriend and I were out to treat ourselves. At the time, it was one of those big discoveries of my food and wine …